A Curriculum Designed to Navigate Nutrition Counseling for CSULA Mobility Center Clients

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018), 1 in 4 U.S. adults have a disability, with mobility – the most common type – affecting 1 in 7 adults. A disability can be related to disorders, associated with developmental conditioning during childhood, related to injury, or from other long-term conditions. Two types of diseases applicable to the disabled population include neuromuscular disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. Evidence has shown those living with a disability affects major, everyday activities, and may not realize the impact nutrition on their disease state. Studies on the relationship between disorders and conditions with nutrition recommendations and intervention have shown signs of reduced weakening symptoms, improved quality of life, and prevention of disease progression. With promising outcomes and further education needed for this population, the purpose of this project is to: (1) explore the relationship between neurological/neuromuscular and musculoskeletal disease and nutritional intake, (2) bring awareness toward need of nutrition counseling for the disabled population with mobility issues, and (3) devise a handbook that will give suggestions and useable material for nutrition counseling procedures, including nutrition recommendations for common diagnoses among clients at the CSULA Mobility Center.

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